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King of the Bingo Game (1999)

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Harlem, 1943. Sonny is a struggling African American who frequents the bingo parlor in a desperate attempt to provide for his family in Depression era New York. Based on a short story by ... See full summary »

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Elise Robertson

Writer:

Ralph Ellison (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colman Domingo ... Sonny
Bennie Lewis Bennie Lewis ... George
Earl L. Robertson Earl L. Robertson ... Leroy
Rashida Clendening ... Woman Eating Peanuts
Marcus McCalister Marcus McCalister ... Workman on Street
Leroi Hardimon Leroi Hardimon ... Workman on Street
Dana Andrew Dana Andrew ... Workman on Street
Peter Macon ... Film Noir Hero
Anika Noni Rose ... Film Noir Female
June Carryl ... Laura (as June Lomena)
S.E. Townsend S.E. Townsend ... Claire
Vonn Scott Bair ... Projectionist
Michael Wick Michael Wick ... Projectionist
Finn Curtin Finn Curtin ... Emcee
Johnnie Burrell Johnnie Burrell ... Attendant
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Harlem, 1943. Sonny is a struggling African American who frequents the bingo parlor in a desperate attempt to provide for his family in Depression era New York. Based on a short story by Ralph Ellison. Written by Anonymous

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English

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San Francisco, California, USA

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A desperate man strives to leave his mark on the world
20 June 2001 | by Data-1001See all my reviews

Based on a Ralph Ellison story, this gripping and stylish tale was originally featured on PBS' American Storytellers series.

Colman Domingo gives a multi-layered and intense performance as Sonny, a man whose search for the good life culminates in one ultimate and onerous contest. Writer/Director/Producer Elise Robertson skillfully weaves this world for us so well, that it is easy to believe that we are actually eavesdropping in this man's life.

Well-worth trying to catch this 30-minute movie, should it return to the public television airwaves, although it's possible the tape is still available from PBS Home Video or pbs.org.


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